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DPM script to expire tape data

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I need help writing a dpm powershell script for DPM 2010 that will:
1) refresh the stand alone tape drive data
2) pause for this job to complete
3) get the presently inserted tape
4) expire the recovery points on the tape
4a) either searching for just the oldest and expiring that one OR
4b) expiring all the recovery points.

The reason for this is that DPM is problematic with tapes and when/how it prunes them.

I have found lots of information similar to what I require on the technet pages but most info references tape libraries not stand alone drives and requires manual input for the parameters.

Please help - thanks in advance
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by:Felix Leven
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All of the *-Tape* cmdlets like Start-TapeRecatalog are used for standalone Drives. Try to searh for them in the DPM Management Shell  

Get-Command -Noun *Tape*
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Thanks MrGraves

I have been searching through all the options.

I am having issues with fact the I need to string it all together.
I can do individual bits, but not others, some data can be piped and other stuff cannot because the parameter must be set first.
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deleted by mistake.
Please re-instate so I can add my script for everyone else to use.
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I have trudged through all the command helps sections and managed to write a very basic script to do all the points in my question.

It just needs DPMSVR changing to your dpm server name and then scheduling.

get-dpmlibrary -dpmservername DPMSVR | start-dpmlibraryinventory -detailed
ping localhost -n 60
get-dpmlibrary -dpmservername DPMSVR | get-tape | get-recoverypoint | remove-recoverypoint -forcedeletion -confirm:$false
ping localhost -n 10
get-dpmlibrary -dpmservername DPMSVR | get-tape | set-tape -free
ping localhost -n 10
get-dpmlibrary -dpmservername DPMSVR | start-dpmlibraryinventory -detailedping
exit

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by:dexterhome
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I found the answer myself through a combination of a lot of forums and reading the help files.
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